Memoirs of George Elers: Captain in the 12th Regiment of Foot (1777-1842) to which are Added Correspondence and Other Papers, with Genealogy and Notes

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D. Appleton and Company, 1903 - 324 pages
 

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Page 273 - To ready Scotland boys and girls are carried Before their time impatient to be married. Soon wiser grown, the self-same road they run, With equal haste, to get the knot undone. Th' indulgent Scot, when English law too nice is, Sanctions our follies first, and then our vices.
Page 50 - I observed, many years after, the great likeness between him and the performer, Mr. Charles Young, which he told me he had often heard remarked. He spoke at this time remarkably quickly, with, I think, a very, very slight lisp.
Page 50 - He spoke at this time remarkably quickly, with, I think, a very, very slight lisp. He had very narrow jaw-bones, and there was a great peculiarity in his ear, which I never observed but in one other person, the late Lord Byron — the lobe of the ear uniting to the cheek.
Page 49 - In height he was about 5 feet 7 inches, with a long pale face, a remarkably large aquiline nose, a clear blue eye, and the blackest beard I ever saw. He was remarkably clean in his person, and I have known him shave twice in one day, which I believe was his constant practice. He spoke at this time remarkably quickly with, I think, a very, very slight lisp.
Page 118 - Seringapatam, and there he might be seen every morning on parade dressed in "a long coat, the uniform of the 33rd Regiment, a cocked hat, white pantaloons, Hessian boots and spurs, and a large sabre, the handle solid silver, and the mounting of the scabbard of the same metal, but all gilt.
Page 111 - Elers, if we are taken prisoners, I shall be hanged as being brother to the Governor-General, and you will be hanged for being found in bad company.
Page 115 - In India a contemporary noted that Wellesley's favourite dish was a roast saddle of mutton and salad. "He was very abstemious with wine ; drank four or five glasses with people at dinner, and about a pint of claret after. He was very even in his temper, laughing and joking with those he liked.
Page 120 - A brother-officer recalled him as the wearer of "a very susceptible heart, particularly towards, I am sorry to say, married ladies.
Page 37 - By Jasus, gentlemen, I am conscious you must have the meanest opinion of my courage. Here have I been no less than six weeks with the regiment, and the divil of a duel have I fought yet. Now, Captain C., you are the senior captain, and if you please I will begin with you first: so name your time and place.
Page 286 - May 4, 1863. " DEAR SIR : — At the risk of repeating what may be in part already known to you, I undertake the pleasant duty of telling you of the favorable action of the Legislature on the two subjects connected with our Institute, which have come before them. " You will, I am sure, be glad to hear that they have repealed the ungracious condition accompanying the grant of land on the Back Bay, and the Institute and the Natural History Society are now relieved of possible liability connected with...

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